Light First Frost of Autumn 2009

– Posted in: Garden Tweets, Weather

I saw frost in shady lawn this a.m., but coleus, cosmos, dahlias all look fine. Just that one spot, I guess.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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VW November 19, 2009, 10:12 pm

Wait, how can the writer of cold climate gardening be talking about the first frost in November when we hit 16 degrees a month ago? I should change my blog name to uber-super-duper-crazy-cold gardening! I’m glad you get to enjoy your dahlias longer, though.

Kathy Purdy November 19, 2009, 10:24 pm

I wrote the tweet above on September 19, 2009. That’s when we had our first frost. But even though we had our first snow in October, our coldest temp so far has “only” gotten down to 21F. So, yes, you’ve gotten colder. I have to say it’s a contest I don’t mind losing.

John @ bigjobsboard October 1, 2009, 3:54 am

There will be more flowers to be seen in the farm because of the cold weather. I am excited.
.-= John @ bigjobsboard´s last blog ..Credit Supervisor, Atlanta, GA to $65K =-.

commonweeder September 21, 2009, 3:04 pm

We had cold weather all last week with nightime temps in the 40s and even down to 38. then we were warned about a killing frost, but it got WARMER. Hooray.

Oakmoss September 21, 2009, 12:22 pm

Got worried Saturday morning when I awoke to see 34F registered on the thermometer here in the Southern Tier of Western New York. There were no frost warnings posted on the previous night. Fortunately, no harm to the garden as the air has been just so dry (last rain was 20+ days ago). Unseasonably warm for the last two weeks during the day and looks to continue for at least the coming week (75 to 80F) . We badly need rain, however. Slight chance in the next couple of days.

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove September 20, 2009, 9:56 pm

It was very cold in Owen Sound, Ontario Saturday night, very light frost in a couple of low lying spots. I just started harvesting tomatoes and I hope a hard frost will hold off a bit longer.
.-= Deborah at Kilbourne Grove´s last blog ..The Potting Shed =-.

Craig @ Ellis Hollow September 20, 2009, 8:32 pm

Picked a bunch of basil and made pesto last night, just in case. But the basil I didn’t get around to picking looked OK this morning. Just a little white grass in the low spots.
.-= Craig @ Ellis Hollow´s last blog ..Picture this: Ornamental grasses =-.

Kathy Purdy September 20, 2009, 9:34 pm

It all depends on location with these light frosts. Some years we never get a light frost, the very first one is a hard frost.

Basil September 19, 2009, 8:45 pm

When I hear these comments, I’m glad I’m in Florida! It was 92 degrees, BUT I’d be happier with the steady 70’s though!!